Many seniors in Florida want to be able to stay in their home for as long as possible and ideally want a family member or loved one to provide care. This can be difficult for those family members providing care, though, especially if they have other jobs, responsibilities, and obligations. Adult day care and respite care is one way that can make it easier for seniors to get the kind of care they want and allow caregivers to take care of their other jobs and duties. Miami has a lot of great resources and here is what you need to know about adult day care.
Adult day care services provide social and health services to seniors that need to be supervised during the day. There are full and half-day programs that operate Monday through Friday usually from the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can decide how many days each week you need to use adult day care and whether you need to utilize the full-day service or only use half-day care. Most programs are based out of senior centers or hospitals, but you can also find them in churches or community centers and even in assisted living facilities.
Nursing staff will be on hand to take care of any health related issues that might occur. They can also monitor chronic conditions by taking vital signs, distributing medication, and caring for wounds. If you need specific kinds of care for a certain condition, like dementia, you can find programs that will address those needs and tailor their care. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs is in charge of licensing and regulations for adult day services in Miami and makes sure each program meets certain standards.
One requirement for these programs is that they provide a hot and nutritious lunch to all seniors. There will be a few programs that also offer breakfast or even snacks throughout the day. Finally, there will be plenty of social activities to make sure all seniors are engaged and entertained during their time at daycare. They can socialize with other seniors, play games, do arts and crafts, and some might even be able to go on field trips or daily outings.
Florida has dozens and dozens of adult day care programs and Miami is home to many of them. You should make sure that you choose a place that is both convenient and meets the needs of everyone’s health and schedules.
Caritas Alegres Adult Day Care 2407 NW 7th St. (786) 523-5382
Gild Adult Day Care 18901 SW 106 Ave. (305) 484-7057
J & C Adult Day Care, Inc. 18505 NW 75th PL. (305) 698-3536
Abis Adult Day Care 10910 W. Flagler St. (305) 225-2550
Sweet Life Adult Day Care Group 10300 SW 72nd St. (786) 554-9485
You can find more licensed facilities in Miami through the Florida government health finder tool. It’s also a good idea to talk to a doctor or health care provider to get their recommendations on programs in the area.
The cost of daycare will vary from place to place and will also depend on how often you go to the program each week. The median cost per day here in Miami is around $63 and there are few options for payment. If you have a long-term insurance policy and need care because of a medical condition, you might have coverage for these services. Low-income seniors can use Medicaid and VA-benefits to help and Florida has a program that is designed to help seniors on Medicaid get the care they need.
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